In our part of Canada we call pacifiers soothers. I've been doing a bit of reading (har har) on breastfeeding and I learned some stuff that I didn't know about sou sous and boobs. I knew that they could interfere with early establishment of breastfeeding and milk supply and correct latch, and that they are associated with a higher incidence of breast biting.
But we use them. I introduce pacis to help cope with my overly abundant milk supply and very forceful letdown in the early months. It is very difficult to meeting a newborn's emotional sucking needs when your boobs shoot milk out like a hose--haven't we all as kids stuck our whole mouths over the end of the hose and had the water shoot out our noses from the force of it?! [maybe that was just me?] Even as newborns, my babies finish feeding within 5 to 10 minutes, and aren't hungry again for awhile. And they CHUB OUT FAST, so I know they aren't going hungry! Anyways, most newborns have an inherent sucking need that requires more than 10 out of every 120 minutes' worth of sucking, so I use a soother to fill in the gaps.
And then, it comes in handy in the car and when I work night shifts, so it sticks around.
But two things;
I read that pacifier use has been definitively linked with early weaning, which is something I want to avoid at this point.
AND, pacifier use has been linked with higher incidence of breast yeast infections. Since I'm currently battling my FOURTH painful yeast infection in a year, I am open to any and all suggestions regarding AVOIDING future infections.
Since my breastfeeding needs have changed, I think we've outgrown the sou sou. So we are slowly phasing it out. He never asks for it if he doesn't SEE it, and he frequently sleeps without it, so I think it will be a pretty painless goodbye. The worst part will be when I work nights and Brent has to deal with him alone. Ri generally refuses milk, water, cuddles, etc, and needs to be walked around the house to prove I'm not home, if he wakes up at night while I'm working. He settles again in 10 to 20 minutes [I think], and doesn't wake too often so hopefully it will be okay.
There was one night recently where B got less than an hour of sleep, because Ri was up crying every 10 minutes. I can't see that happening very often, and it shouldn't take long for Ri to find another self soothing method.